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Wigan coach Shaun Wane said "childish" comments by Widnes counterpart Dennis Betts helped inspire his side to a 52-4 rout of their Super League rivals at the DW Stadium on Saturday.
Prior to the match Betts, a former Wigan player, said his old club were "afraid" of facing England forward Gareth Hock after his parent club prevented the on-loan player appearing against them for Widnes.
"The challenge was laid down in the week and they took it on board," Wane said. "Some things were said which made it easy for me. It helped our preparation.
"I don't think you could say anyone in my team is scared of anybody. Those childish comments hurt my players. They were really focused going into the game.
"What they did today (Saturday) was how they practised all week. We were ruthless in how we attacked."
Wigan bounced back from their defeat by champions Leeds to run in 11 tries, with England's Josh Charnley scoring four and Sam Tomkins marking his 24th birthday with a hat-trick.
"Josh will admit his form has not been great," Wane said. "He was under pressure this week and he showed why he's one of the best wingers in the competition. I just want to see that consistently."
Charnley added: "I was pretty disappointed with my performance last week. I stepped it up in training his week and it paid off."
Lloyd White's try for Widnes prevented a whitewash but that was litle consolation to Betts.
"Wigan were that hot, it was quite scary at times," he said. "They looked like they were on fast forward, whereas we looked like we were on pause.
"They just played the game so quickly and physically dominated us. They were very good tonight and scored some great tries.
"It wasn't a great performance by us but there were patches where we were just okay and then we'd break and they'd score.
"With the quality they've got on the edges, you make one mistake and you get hurt. We had too many people today who made mistakes, especially on our left edge. It was disappointing because I know we're a better side than we showed."